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Habana Clásica, the IVth Edition – November 5 to 20

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On November 5, Havana will be graced with the presence of a magnificent gathering of international classical musicians and artists for the fourth edition of the Habana Clásica festival under the direction of Marcos Madrigal.

We present here the organizers, the concert halls of Havana and the official list of world-renowned soloists and ensembles from diverse artistic disciplines through a multitude of concerts and performance.

Habana Clasica Organized by:

Associazione Culturale Habana Clásica / Office of the Historian of the City of Havana / UP Patrimonio Cultural / Gabinete de Patrimonio Musical Esteban Salas /Dirección de Gestión Cultural / Ministerio de Cultura / Instituto Cubano de la Música/ Centro Nacional de Música de Concierto

Collaborators:

Opus Habana Magazine / Habana Radio Station / CMBF National Music Radio / Audiovisual Producer of the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana / Italian Culture Week in Cuba / Edizioni Suvini Zerboni-Sugarmusic, Milano / Festival de Música Contemporánea de La Habana / Festival Mozart Habana / Conjunto de Música Antigua Ars Longa / Cátedra de Música Sacra / mediCuba-Suiza / Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) / Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Música Cubana (CIDMUC) / Universidad de Valladolid / Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana, Universidad de La Habana / Allegro Pianoforti Munich and Cuba Business Report.

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From the words of Miriam Escudero, Musicologist:

Legend has it that Havana is the name of a woman, a mythical place founded at the foot of the ceiba tree, who invites us under her shade to renew our vows of fidelity once a year, to perpetuate the utopia that sustains the very existence of this fragile and beautiful city.

Marcos Madrigal believes in that utopia. He returns to Havana this November 5 to 20 of the 503rd anniversary of the city, to celebrate, together with the musical family of Habana Clásica, the reunion and delight us with the enchanting magic of concerts that stimulate life and foster peace.

As a memory-preserving action, the works of Claudio José Domingo Brindis de Salas y Garrido, Cuban violinist (Havana, 1952-Buenos Aires, 1911) and Hubert de Blanck (Utrecht, 1856-Havana, 1932), “wandering” Dutchman and Cuban by adoption, will be played.

Of the heritage that is gestated in the present, we will witness the Havana Concerto by José María Vitier (Havana, 1954), whose three movements, Pórtico, MedioPunto and Vitral, refer us to the turns of La Ceiba, together with Eusebio Leal (Havana, 1942-2020), “with the desire that time embraces us in that spiral”.

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We will also attend the premiere of works by two composers in residence, Nicola Sani (Ferrara, 1959), Artistic Director of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and Juan Piñera (Havana, 1949), Coordinator of the Chair of Composition at the University of the Arts of Cuba.

Habana Clásica welcomes 50 artists, including soloists, conductors and music, theater and dance groups, representing Canada, Cuba, Germany, Holland, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom.

The celebrations continue for a decade of the Esteban Salas Musical Heritage Cabinet, whose mission continues to be to raise awareness, share memory, enjoy emotion, communicate with music and create ecumenical spaces where art is the protagonist.

There will be synergies with the Italian Culture Week, the Contemporary Music Festivals and Mozart Havana. Among many efforts, the support of the Swiss Embassy in Cuba and its “goodwill ambassador”, Lorenzo Suárez (Political, Economic and Cultural Counselor), stands out, while the international NGO MediCuba-Switzerland participates in the organization of social projects. With all this we persevere in the purpose of contributing to artistic education and sustaining culture as a language of understanding, because when art “speaks”, it is easier to unite.

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We will also attend the premiere of works by two composers in residence, Nicola Sani (Ferrara, 1959), Artistic Director of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and Juan Piñera (Havana, 1949), Coordinator of the Chair of Composition at the University of the Arts of Cuba.

Habana Clásica welcomes 50 artists, including soloists, conductors and music, theater and dance groups, representing Canada, Cuba, Germany, Holland, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom. The celebrations continue for a decade of the Esteban Salas Musical Heritage Cabinet, whose mission continues to be to raise awareness, share memory, enjoy emotion, communicate with music and create ecumenical spaces where art is the protagonist.

There will be synergies with the Italian Culture Week, the Contemporary Music Festivals and Mozart Havana.

Among many efforts, the support of the Swiss Embassy in Cuba and its goodwill ambassador, Lorenzo Suárez (Political, Economic and Cultural Counselor), stands out, while the international NGO MediCuba-Switzerland participates in the organization of social projects. With all this we persevere in the purpose of contributing to artistic education and sustaining culture as a language of understanding, because when art “speaks”, it is easier to unite.

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Concert Halls:

TEATRO MARTÍ, Calle Dragones núm. 58 entre
Prado y Zulueta. Old Havana

IGLESIA DE SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA
Ave. del Puerto esquina San Ignacio , Habana VIeja

TEATRO DEL MUSEO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES
Trocadero esquina Zulueta y Monserrate, Habana Vieja

SALA COVARRUBIAS DEL TEATRO NACIONAL DE CUBA
Paseo y 39, Plaza de la Revolución,

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BASÍLICA MENOR DEL CONVENTO DE SAN FRANCISCO DE ASÍS
Calle Oficios entre Amargura y Teniente Rey. Habana Vieja

SALA IGNACIO CERVANTES, PALACIO DE LOS MATRIMONIOS
Paseo del Prado núm. 302 esquina Ánimas. Centro Habana

ORATORIO SAN FELIPE NERI
Calle Aguiar esquina Obrapía, Habana Vieja

List of Artists at Habana Clásica:

• Lissy Abreu Ruiz, Violinist / Vice Artistic Director

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• Luis Ernesto Doñas, Director Escénico / Vice Artistic Director

• Nikolay Shugaev, Cellist / Vice Artistic Director

• Juan Piñera, Composer in Residence

• Nicola Sani, Composer in Residence

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• Carolina Baños Gómez, Pianist

• Tommaso Benciolini, Flutist

• Lía Marina Betancourt, Cornista

• Jorge E. Caballero, Actor

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• Yilian Concepción Valada, Violinist

• Lucelsy Fernández Oliva, Soprano

• Daiana García Siverio, Orchestra Conductor

• Rodrigo García, Pianist

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• Anolan González, Violist

• Niurka González, Flutist

• Tania Haase, Violinist

• Tijmen Huisingh, Violinist

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• Sonja Kraus, Cellist

• Aldo López-Gavilán, Pianist

• Bárbara Llanes, Soprano

• Guido López-Gavilán, Orchestra Conductor

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• Idalgel Marquetti, Orchestra Conductor

• Karla Martínez, Pianist

• José A. Méndez Padrón, Orchestra Conductor

• Gabriela Mulén, Clavecinista

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• Millet Padrón, Guitarrista

• Enrique Pérez Mesa, Orchestra Conductor

• Carles Pérez Esteve, Trumpeter

• Emanuele Quaranta, Orchestra Conductor

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• Eli Regina Ramos, Cellist

• Mayte Rodríguez, Harpist

• Zenaida Romeu, Orchestra Conductor

• Linus Roth, Violinist

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• Lisbet Sevila, Violinist

• Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Violinist

• Willem Stam, Cellist

• Alessandro Stella, Pianist

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• Yanai Suárez, Cornista

• Michel Taddei, Double bass player

• Debbie Vélez Luis, Trumpeter

• Jona Venturi, Flutist

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• José María Vitier, Compositor

• Brusk Zanganeh, Violinist

• Cuarteto De Cuerdas Habana

• Cuarteto Vida

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• Malpaso Compañía De Danza

• Teatro De Las Estaciones

• Camerata Romeu

• Orquesta De Cámara De La Habana

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• Orquesta Del Lyceum De La Habana

• Orquesta Música Eterna

• Orquesta Sinfónica Del Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán

• Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional

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Download the Habana Clásica program here.

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